Tuesday 20 February 2018

'No stone should be left unturned' to save 150 eBay jobs - TD

Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A Fianna Fáil TD has said nearly 150 jobs can be saved after eBay announced plans to close its operation in Dundalk.

The tech giant confirmed this week it will wind down its business in the town and will close by August next year, in what has been described  as a "major blow".

But Louth TD Declan Breathnach told yesterday’s Newstalk Breakfast: “I know for a fact senior vice president Paul Todd of eBay spoke in teleconference to the workers only three weeks ago, and indicated to the workforce in Dundalk eBay was very happy there and wanted to stay.”

“They’re not planning on leaving until the last quarter and no stone should be left unturned.”

He added: “The question needs to be asked, ‘What effort did the IDA make to identify suitable sites in Dundalk – or elsewhere – in terms of suggesting eBay would stay in the area?”

“This issue was raised six weeks ago with the minister both in the Dail in written questions and in topical debate.”

The building where eBay is located is owned by PayPal, which also operates from the same development.

Bosses at eBay confirmed that PayPal served notice on the company to vacate the building when its lease comes to an end next year.

While it is expected that a number of eBay job losses will be offset by additional positions at PayPal, the majority of workers were in the dark about the future this week.

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